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No matter whether you are a first time visitor or a lifetime season pass holder, this guide will help you plan the ultimate trip to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Waterpark this summer. Avoid crowds, save money, try tasty treats, and plan several aspects of your trip to utilize your time as much as possible. Here at Silverwood Express, we take you behind-the-scenes of our little piece of heaven and show you all there is to know about this family owned and operated theme park.

Many first time guests don’t realize how magical Silverwood really is. The initial thought of a theme park in a rural town in northern Idaho is that it would be small and odd. Nevertheless, this family-owned theme park shines in every detail, from the landscaping to the towering tops of coasters. Each cast and crew member takes pride in his or her work knowing that Silverwood is a family friendly park that strives for quality. The park is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year, and it sure won’t disappoint! The park is also a lot bigger than people realize as it sits on over 220 acres, with plenty of room for expansion.

30 Years, Millions of Memories

The cast and crew members look forward to every season here at Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach water park, but this season we’re thrilled since we’re celebrating something extra special. This summer is our 30th Anniversary. This year we are reminiscing about all the memories that we made here and how much the park has grown over the years. Go back to yesteryear with us by checking out our history post

Where Everyone is Coming From

Silverwood’s guests come from all over the country, but most of them come from our neighboring states and provinces. The majority of our visitors come from Spokane, Tri-Cities and Seattle. Here is a map to show where everyone around us is coming from. Comment below where you and your family travel from to visit us!

When to Visit

We understand that your time is valuable and that you travel from hours away just to experience over 70 rides, slides, shows and attractions. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead so that you can fit everything into your vacation. Before you head to the park, check out our main website to see the hours of operation for your designated dates. If avoiding crowds is a goal of yours, there are better days to come than others. Use the following information to help you make the most of your time at the park by avoiding our busiest days. (All statistics are based on averages from 2010 – 2017)

4 Busiest Days

This may not be a surprise, but the busiest day at the park in order are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Friday. This data just confirms that if you are coming during our peak season, then visiting on a Wednesday or Thursday would be best to avoid the crowds.

3 Least Busy Days

Statistically, there are fewer crowds at the park on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Wednesdays. These can vary throughout the season based on special events and weather, but in general, these are the best days to come. We also recommend you make plans to visit the park for two days in order to fit in all the fun! Guests tend to spend one day at the water park, and one day at the dry park. Or, they will split their day based on the heat. You may have initially thought of coming on a Friday and Saturday, but if avoiding crowds is important to you, you might want to switch your plans to a Wednesday/Thursday visit instead.

Holiday Attendance

Here at Silverwood, we are always looking forward to your next visit, especially during the holidays. But if you don’t want to take the chance of waiting in long lines, you might want to visit during the off-season. Here is our chart to help navigate through the moderately busy and less busy times to visit during the holidays.

Prepare for the Weather

Weather in North Idaho can be unpredictable, but we are going to help you pack the best clothing for your visit. You don’t have to let the weather get in the way of having fun. Silverwood is open May through September.

 

May is a wonderful time to visit the dry park. You can grab great deals on tickets every weekend of the month, and there are several promotions for guests to get in for FREE. The average temperature in May is 66 degrees. Typically, the weather ranges from high 60s to low 70s so it’s best to dress a little bit warmer during this time. Also, since it is a cooler time of year, our water park isn’t open during May. If the water park isn’t a huge factor for you, then May might just be the perfect month to visit.

This is the ideal time to visit the park. We often recommend to guests that they visit us at the end of June because children are out of school, the water park is open, the park usually isn’t busy yet, and the weather is more reliable at that time. There really isn’t any more you could ask for.

July is when it really starts heating up. Make sure to pack sunscreen and a hat to beat the heat. The average temperature is 84 degrees! If you are planning on visiting during July, we recommend the first 2 weeks to avoid the crowds.

This is in the middle of our peak season. The weather is warm and guests love to finish out their summer break at the park. Visiting in August? The last week is prime to come out to the park and enjoy that August Idaho sun.

The temperature does drop a little bit here in September, but the weather is usually still nice, the lines are shorter, and we have discounts every weekend during this month!

What Ticket is Best

There are several different ways of purchasing admission into the park. Depending on when you want to come, how many days you want to spend, who you are bringing, and even where you are staying can affect how you get the best price. Here we are going to break down the different ticket options, and what will best suit your family’s needs.

When

If you plan on plan on coming to the park in the shoulder season, then you have the opportunity to save some money. The general rule is that the longer you wait, the higher your ticket price will be. However, if you visit the park in May or September, there are specials almost every weekend that could get you the most fun for your money. During the first weekend, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary. In honor of that celebration, all tickets will be $19.88 since we first opened our gates in 1988. Check out all of our special events and pricing online. No matter when you plan on coming out to the park, you will always save by purchasing your tickets online in advance versus buying at the gate.

How Long

Staying and playing for more than one day at the park will save you and your family money. The 2 Day, Any Day ticket is only $70 and is valid any 2 days during the 2018 season. But don’t wait to purchase this ticket because it goes up to $79 online if you purchase after May 4th. No matter what time of year you decide on coming, this is usually the perfect deal for families. The terrific part is that you can use them consecutively or nonconsecutively any time between May 5 through September 23.

If your family visits the park at least 3 times a year, then a season pass is for you. Season pass holders get a variety of benefits throughout the park and, during our Season Pass Sales (September thru February). they pay for themselves with 2 ½ visits. Not only do you get unlimited access to Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach, but you get free parking, a 10% discount on your stay at the RV park, a 10% discount when you dine at Lindy’s, and a 2018 Scarywood premier discount! If you are a Silverwood fanatic, or your family is a regular park attender, then you should definitely consider our season pass to make memories all summer long.

Maybe your family can only sneak away from work for a weekend this summer, and you’re not quite ready to commit to a season pass. We do offer a 3 Day, Any Day ticket that is perfect for that weekend getaway. Just like the 2 Day, these tickets can be used consecutively, or nonconsecutively, and work out to only cost you just over $35 per person!

The Company You Keep

Would Grandma love taking her grandkids to the park all summer long? Then you might want to purchase her a Gold pass. This pass is ideal for families that need some flexibility on who they would like to accompany them at the park. Gold pass members are able to bring can up to 2 guests with them every time he/she visits the park. Not sure who’s name to put the pass under? Always choose the person that will be visiting the park the most because the pass holder has to be present in order to use the Gold pass. Sometimes this means putting the pass in the child’s name so mom or dad or grandma or grandpa or auntie or uncle can bring little Billy and have a fun day at the park.

Stay and Play Packages

If you and your family need accommodations, then you can save on a stay and play package! We collaborate with several hotels in the area that offer discounted rooms and tickets. Check out the properties for everything from Hotels, Motels & Resorts to Vacation Rentals, RV Parks and Campgrounds.

What to Pack

Idaho’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to pack layers. Wear clothing fitting for the warmer temperatures such as shorts and t-shirts for during the day. If you want to spend the majority of the day in the water park, its best to prepare for the heat. Most guests like to head to the theme park in the evening, and for this, you might want some dry, warm clothes to change into. A waterproof jacket is never a bad idea when you want to avoid a geyser or some rain.

Dress Code

All guests are asked to wear appropriate attire and no clothing or body art deemed by the park’s management as vulgar, rude or containing derogatory language or graphics is allowed.

Dress Code While in Silverwood Theme Park

  • Silverwood Theme Park requires shirts, shoes and appropriate dress.
  • Swimsuits are not allowed.

Dress Code While in Boulder Beach Water Park

  • Swimwear must be modest in design. No revealing or thong swimsuits allowed.
  • Swimwear with exposed zippers, buckles, denim fabric, rivets or metal ornamentation is not permitted.
  • For safety, diaper-aged children must wear swim diapers. Swim diapers are available at Boulder Beach Trading Company store for purchase.
  • Guests must change into street clothes (shirts, shoes and appropriate dress) before returning to Silverwood Theme Park.

Love to Camp? There’s an RV Park on site

Complete your summer experience by camping out at Silverwood! Have the opportunity to be the first in line at all your favorite rides by staying just steps away from the park’s entrance. Our RV Park features 126 full hookups, 41 tent sites, a play structure, fire rings, and discounted tickets! Spots are available May through October, but make sure you reserve your spot as soon as possible because they fill up fast.

If you stay in the RV Park June 9th through September 3rd, then you are eligible to receive discounts on your tickets. General admission will only be $44 per person, and youth/senior admission will only be $24!

 

2018 RV Park Policies

  • Check-in time is 1:00 pm
  • Check-out time is 10:00 am
  • Cancellation policy is 48 hours from the check-in date to receive a full refund
  • Quiet Hours are 10:00 pm until 7:00 am. Keep music and noise at a minimum level during this time. This rule is enforced by our Overnight Security Staff.
  • Guests must check in at the office before entering the park. After hours, please check the bulletin board to be sure of the site assigned to you and come in the next morning to pay
  • Laundry room is available 7:00 am until 10:00 pm. Times are subject to change.
  • The RV Park store will sell firewood bundles. However, we must enforce any burn bans that may be in place.
  • All Pets must be kept on a leash and the owner must clean up after them. Pets are not allowed in the restrooms, laundry room, or the store.
  • All sewer connections must be connected and sealed. NO OPEN SEWER DRAINAGE
  • No motorized vehicles are allowed off of the gravel roads. Speed limit of 5 miles per hour applies to all motorized vehicles.
  • The following are prohibited: Drugs, fireworks, weapons of any kind, paintballing, destroying property, or washing item in the restrooms.
  • All Items must be placed on gravel pads or site at night due to our automatic sprinkler system. This includes Tents, Canopies, Etc. We are not responsible for any items that may get wet.
  • Additional vehicles or trailers of any kind must be pre-approved by the Camp Host or the RV Park Office. Additional parking is available for $5 in Silverwood’s main parking lot.
  • Outside firewood is not permitted due to state regulations, however, you can purchase firewood at the camp store.
  • Site price includes 6 people per tent site and 8 people per RV site. Additional guests need to be pre-approved by management prior to arrival.
  • Failure to arrive by 1pm the day following your stated arrival date or not notifying the park by close of business the date of your arrival constitutes a no-show status. The site will then be released and the deposit retained.
  • We have the right to remove any RV, Tent, and/or possessions at the owner’s expense if the site is not vacated at the scheduled time.

Hit The Road

Make lasting memories with your family by hitting the road. We know that many of our guests love to take their RV and stay in our campground, so here are some of our favorite road trip routes.

Portland

The drive from Portland to our area is approximately a 6-hour drive, and every minute of it will be worth it. We recommend taking I84 to I82 to I90. Stop by the beautiful Multnomah Falls on your way out of town. While you’re at it, enjoy a visit to Bonneville Dam and continue your drive to Coeur d’ Alene along the Columbia River Gorge.

Calgary

Our Canadian friends probably know all about the drive to our neighborhood, since a large percentage of our guests come from there, but just in case, we recommend driving south on AB-2 and then jumping over to AB-22. You will eventually turn right onto the Crowsnest Hwy and follow the road to the border and to Silverwood. For a scenic route, we recommend going through Banff and Radium Hot Springs. At the edge of Kootenay National Park, is the breathtaking untouched wilderness of Radium Hot Springs.

Seattle

There is plenty to do and see in the Seattle area, so if you wanted to take a road trip through our area and onto the west coast, you won’t be disappointed. If you have some time, stop and take a picture by Snoqualmie Falls. A must see is also the little Bavarian town of Leavenworth. However, if you are from the Seattle area and just want to make Silverwood the main destination, we recommend getting the 2 Day, Any Day ticket.

Montana

Several of our guests have expressed that Silverwood is one of their favorite stops on their way to Glacier National Park. Drive through the rolling hills and mountains of Montana on your way to this admirable national park.

Airport Tips

If you and your family plan on flying for your trip to visit us, then you will most likely be flying into the Spokane International Airport (GEG). The airport is a little over an hour drive to the park, and there are many places to stay along the way. Upon arrival, visitors will walk out of one of three main corridors to the baggage claim. Since the airport is relatively small, you might want to make your transportation reservations in advance, whether you plan to use rental cars, taxis, shuttles, private car services, etc. The rental car companies that are available in the grounds transportation center are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty. You won’t have to worry about budgeting for toll booths if you plan on just driving and staying in the Spokane/CDA area.

Join the Trend, Reserve a Cabana

Guests love the cabanas in the water park. By reserving a cabana for your family, you won’t have the stress of finding a shady area or renting a locker for your valuables.  You get VIP treatment with lounge chairs, a table, a refrigerator, and food services. They are also perfectly located between both wave pools, so it’s the perfect meeting space in the middle of all the slides and attractions.

Rules:

  • A maximum of 6 guests can be in a cabana at one time.
  • A maximum of 10 guests total can be in your party.
  • If you wish to cancel a reservation, it must be done 72 hours prior to the date reserved
  • No refunds for inclement weather or attraction closure (i.e. water slides, wave pools, etc…)
  • Guests will be charged for missing cabana items – towels, locks, keys, etc…

Courtesy Pass Program

Here at Silverwood, our goal is to provide safe and fair access to all of our guests. One way we try to do that is through our Courtesy Pass Program. This program is available to any guest with a disability that cannot wait in line or cannot access the ride through the main entrance. If you or someone you know would like to participate in this program, then head to the information center when you arrive for your instructions. We will also include a brief description of how this process works below.

For a group total of 4 or less:

Guests can go to a ride’s alternative entrance, usually the exit, and speak with the ride operator and let them know you are using the courtesy pass program. The operator will then provide a boarding time that is equal to the wait of the current line.

For a group of 5 or more:

If a guest has more than 3 accompanying riders, have any additional riders wait in the main line. The courtesy pass holder should then go to the alternate entrance and let the ride operator know that riders from the group are waiting in line. As the group approaches the front of the line, inform the ride operator, who will allow the courtesy pass holder and up to 3 riders to join the rest of the group through the alternate entrance.

What’s One Thing Our Guests Should NOT Miss?

“The magic show is 100 percent a great thing for families, especially if they get there early to make it for dinner and the show. It breaks up the hustle and bustle and is highly entertaining.”

-Allison Hentags, Ride Operator

“The amazing smoothies and coffee from the Victorian.”

-Jennifer Good, Food & Beverage

“The train show is epic and a lot of fun”

-Jessica Everhart, Food & Beverage

“Come on a day where you can enjoy a warm day at the waterpark and a fun evening in the dry park. Best of both worlds”

-Kayliani Powlison, Rides

“The landscaping and gardens. Once inside the park you forget how close to Hwy 95 you are. It’s like being in a beautiful botanical garden”

-Kristen Mulady, Training

Interesting Facts

Did you know that Silverwood’s courtyard contains approximately 125,000 brick pavers, all of which were meticulously designed to fit Silverwood’s theme?

Did you know that the Corkscrew Roller Coaster, purchased from Knott’s Berry Farm, was the first ever modern day coaster to take riders upside down?

Did you know that Silverwood hires up to 1,500 seasonal employees each year?

Did you know that our guests consumed over 56,000 pounds of chicken strips last year?

Did you know that there is a clock in the park that is 150 years old?

As Always, Have Fun

With so much to do and see, it’s difficult to not have a good time during your visit. We have been looking forward to opening day all winter, and we can’t wait to see you back at the park with us! Make sure to share your experience with others through social media, and tag us too! We love to see you and your family making memories with us. If you have any other tips and tricks that you didn’t see here but you would like to share, please comment below!

 

 

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